Economic Development

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Creating an environment where businesses and employees thrive.

From management of the Bend Municipal Airport to oversight and allocation of the City’s affordable housing funds, Economic Development department staff work to connect urban development and workforce development to emerging and future trends to increase the number of jobs and number of businesses in Bend.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Attract and house a talented workforce
  • Increase the number of traded sector jobs
  • Increase private sector engagement with the City


Affordable housing is a vital component in economic development. Availability of homes at all income levels means businesses have accessible employees with fewer absences, workers are more stable and invested in their community, children have the opportunity to thrive in school, residents can make healthy choices, and we create less overall environmental burden. Research has shown that stable, affordable housing is critical to enabling families to attend to other needs, be self-sufficient and productive members of the community.

For more information, go to the affordable housing page.


The Business Advocacy Program is designed to provide local business owners, and potential business owners, with a dedicated staff member within City Hall. Current Business Advocate, Ben Hemson, serves as your first point of contact for city related questions, keeps stakeholders in the loop on important developments, and engages members of the business community around relevant city policy or process issues.

For more information, go to the business page.


There are many parking options for visitors and employees.


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For visitors, on-street parking is available for 2 hours free and the Parking Garage at 61 NW Oregon Avenue is 3 hours free. Please note: the top level of the parking garage is permit parking only. Hours of enforcement are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. If you did happen to enjoy Downtown Bend too much and need to pay your parking citation, there are options. For questions regarding parking downtown, please call 541-312-4910.

For more information, go to the Parking page.


Urban Renewal is a state-authorized redevelopment finance program. Urban renewal areas use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reinvest or rebuild parts of cities that are physically deteriorated, economically stagnated, unsafe or where the old urban layout no longer works.

Bend has two established Urban Renewal Areas (URAs). The urban renewal areas are managed by the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA). The two urban renewal areas Murphy Crossing and Juniper Ridge.

For more information, check out the Urban Renewal page.


The Bend Municipal Airport is identified as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport by the Oregon Department of Aviation.

  • Over 240 aircraft based at the airport
  • Over 137,000 estimated annual operations
  • Facilities include a single runway, 5260 feet in length
  • Corresponding full length dual parallel taxiways

Located on approximately 415 acres five miles northeast of the City of Bend, Oregon, the Bend Municipal Airport traces its history back to 1942.

For more information, go the Bend Airport page.

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